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Do many Americans take offence at evolutionary theory?

Do many Americans take offence at evolutionary theory?

Old Sep 20th, 2013, 10:20 AM
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>>Remember, Eve was created from Adam<<

And where did Lilith come from?
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 10:33 AM
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do jewish folk believe in creationism? just asking.
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 10:56 AM
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While The Book of Genesis is in the Old Testament of course, I've never met a Jew, me and my family included, who believe in creationism. Most Jews do not take the Bible literally. If I'm wrong, I'm sure someone here will correct me.
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 11:00 AM
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I agree with Laurieco, this is not in any Jewish tradition to which I have been exposed. And I can not remember meeting anyone of any faith who believed in creationism, or at least anyone who expressed that to me.
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 11:01 AM
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Things that make you go, "Hmmmm..."

http://science.howstuffworks.com/lif...e-ancestor.htm
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 11:35 AM
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I agree with Laurieco, this is not in any Jewish tradition to which I have been exposed. And I can not remember meeting anyone of any faith who believed in creationism, or at least anyone who expressed that to me.>>

nikki - perhaps they realised the sort of response they'd get.

FrankS - if Adam lived for 1000 years, why can't the rest of us live that long? and I note that you have avoided answering my question about why you feel able to pick and choose about which bits of the bible to take literally, and which not.

no need to start a new thread, we'd all be VERY happy for you to use this one.
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 11:50 AM
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ann,

Adam
The traditional view of Adams life: Adam was born immortal, but fell by eating of the fruit. He died in that 'day'(a day being a 1000yrs Peter 3:8). Later, God further reduced the years of mortals to 120yrs(Gen 6:3)

A modern view I do not agree with is that the natural laws changed after the flood. Proponents of this position claim that it would answer the carbon decay data.

The Mosaic law:
the Mosaic Law is perfect and was given to a Covenant people. That Law was impossible to keep and required a Messiah to keep it & justify HIS people. While we dont and cant honour all of it(like temple sacrifices), we look to it for guidance. That guidance can be literal, or metaphoric. for instance we learn that we pay our Pastors in the New Testament by the OT law "1 Corinthians 9:9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? "
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 11:58 AM
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Frank, who decides if you take scripture literal or metaphoric?
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 12:04 PM
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Actually, I thought Genesis 5:5 said Adam lived 930 years.

4 Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters. 5 So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died. 6 Seth lived one hundred and five years, and became the father of Enoch.
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 12:05 PM
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But I don't take that literally (see lounge thread on literally. Hee.)
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 12:18 PM
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Frank, who decides if you take scripture literal or metaphoric?<<

Thats a debate in Christian circles. In general, the Law has more meaning than just outward compliance as we see from the Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 12:34 PM
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Frank, do you take Job literal?
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 12:43 PM
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Frank, do you take Job literal?<<

Yes
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 01:53 PM
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The Mosaic law:
the Mosaic Law is perfect and was given to a Covenant people. That Law was impossible to keep and required a Messiah to keep it & justify HIS people. While we dont and cant honour all of it(like temple sacrifices), we look to it for guidance>>

forgive me FrankS, this is pretty puzzling. how can a law be at once "perfect" and "impossible to keep"? an oxymoron if ever I saw one. i can understand looking to it for guidance, but who decides, and how, which bits to take literally, and which not? surely you can't just apply the criterion "we'll ignore the impossible bits and obey the others" as that will vary with the prevailing circumstances - what is impossible now [eg temple sacrifices, and surely they are not impossible, just illegal] was not impossible in the time of Jesus, and indeed happened regardless of His presence on earth.

How, exactly, did Jesus "keep it and justify HIS people"? what does that mean?
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 01:53 PM
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Actually, I thought Genesis 5:5 said Adam lived 930 years.>>

cd - now you're just being picky.
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 02:01 PM
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How, exactly, did Jesus "keep it and justify HIS people"? what does that mean?<<

He kept the Law and became perfection for us because we could not. Original sin made keeping the Law impossible for us. We receive everlasting life being IN him, we are raised from death through HIM.

The Church is the BRIDE and Christ is the Groom, we become ONE as marriage pictures in the LAW. W, like any Bride, is the weaker vessel.
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 02:13 PM
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Frank, who decides if you take scripture literal or metaphoric?>

Whatever one fits in with the dogma of that schism of Christianity the best.

Jesus OMG I can't believe any intelligent adult would believe all that crapola in THE (Their) Bible - the silly story of the Arc, Adam living to be a 1,000 years old, Jesus turning water into wine (I think they got that reversed - turning wine into water perhaps) and on and on.

Well I guess intelligent adults who honestly look at the proof or in this case complete lack of except their Bible and still believe it are just acting like silly kids - like Einstein famously said about the Bible - 'silly childish tales'.

the real thing that gets me is the righteousness these idiots have in thinking they and only their and their own religion sees the light and all others are doomed to Hell.

And what if there were a God or Goddess or Godit? That would be no God I would want to honor but to crucify for all the terrible things he lets happen in our world to His/Her/Its children.

Frank there is a bridge in Alaska I will sell you for a song and or a dance.
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 02:45 PM
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I really don't care what people believe, if they'd just keep it to themselves. Nothing makes me angrier than proselytizers, except people trying to implement their belief systems through legislation. (Or lack of legislation - these creationists tend to be global warming deniers, too.)
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 02:53 PM
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He kept the Law and became perfection for us because we could not. Original sin made keeping the Law impossible for us. We receive everlasting life being IN him, we are raised from death through HIM.>>

Frank - that's meaningless in the context of what you originally wrote - which was supposed to be an explanation of how you pick certain bits of the Bible to believe literally and other bits, you choose to interpret "metaphorically" to use your phrase.

How does original sin stop you keeping the law not to wear two sorts of fibre together? or prevent you from stoning adulterers?
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 03:59 PM
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Going waaaaay back to the original question, no, there are not many Americans who take offence at the mention of Evolutionary Theory. There are a small percentage who do reject the theory, but most of us do not discuss religion. I recall being surprised, stunned is more like it, when I was talking with a very close colleague on a trip to a proposed nuclear repository site. There was a great deal of fossilization exposed in the strata we were looking at, and I said something about evolution. This very intelligent chap, he has three Phds, said, "Well, I don't believe in evolution. That stuff is put there to test our faith."

"Ooooh-K, Larry", I said, and changed the subject.

There are some out there, but it is a puzzlement.
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